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M: Hello and welcome to German Survival Phrases brought to you by germanpod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Germany. You will be surprised at how far a little German will go. Now before we jump in, remember to stop by germanpod101.com and there you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
F: German Survival Phrases. Lesson 10. Apologies (I’m Sorry). In today’s lesson, we will cover phrases used for apologizing. Now as we haven’t quite mastered German, it is probably very prudent to go for the phrases for apologizing as they might just come in handy. We will start with [Entschuldigung] Let’s break it down by syllable [Entschuldigung] Now let’s hear it again [Entschuldigung] This phrase is used in many situations. For example, when you bump into someone or if you need someone’s attention. Next we will take a look at [Verzeihung] Let’s break it down by syllable [Verzeihung] Now let’s hear it again. [Verzeihung] This phrase is used more as a way of saying excuse me. You’d use this if you needed to go around someone in a grocery store or if you need to ask for directions. Finally there is the German equivalent of I am sorry [Es tut mir leid] which in English literally means it does me harm. Let’s hear it again [Es tut mir leid] Let’s look at this a bit closer. [Es] means it [Es] The next word [tut] means thus. [tut] Then we have [mir] which is German for me [mir] Finally we have the German word for am which is [leid, Es tut mir leid] I am sorry [Es tut mir leid] Now what if somebody apologizes to you? A good response is [Kein Problem] which is literally no problem [Kein Problem] Let’s break it down by syllable [Kein Problem] Now we will go over how to use these phrases. You are walking down the street and as you go around the corner, you went straight into someone, you say [Entschuldigung] and he answers [Kein Problem] He was mumbling that and you would like to make sure everything is okay. So you politely ask him to repeat what he said [Entschuldigung, ich verstehe nicht. Können Sie das wiederholen?] Let’s try that sentence again [Entschuldigung, ich verstehe nicht. Können Sie das wiederholen?] That is, excuse me, I don’t understand. Could you repeat that? Now you need to find a bathroom. You walk into a café and request to use their bathroom. [Verzeihung, darf ich die Toilette benutzen?]
M: Okay to close our today’s lesson, we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So [Viel Glück] which means good luck in German.
F: Sorry [Entschuldigung] excuse me [Es tut mir leid] I am sorry [Es tut mir leid] no problem [Kein Problem]
M: That’s going to do it for today.